I talk a fair amount about being a working mom, but I don’t think I’ve gone into much detail here about what exactly I do. And since I occasionally get questions asking – well, here you go!
My title is Instructional Systems Designer. I design and develop training, mostly for government agencies. It can be anything from a yearly sexual harassment or ethics course to teaching employees how to enter their time at the end of the day in a new system. Usually, it is a lot more exciting than both of those things, but I am not allowed to discuss specific courses for most of my agencies. I have experience with training in-person and through conference calls or webinars, but I prefer web-based training courses – the more technical, the better! Since I am a control freak, I also prefer to take on projects where I have control over the entire life cycle of creating a training course, from doing the initial analysis to writing all design documents and developing the course myself and then conducting evaluations after it launches.
It is a really interesting line of work, especially because I can always vary the projects that I take on to keep everything fresh. While I love the technical aspect of developing the training, sometimes I get a bit bored with working solo, and then I can take on an Instructor-led course where I have a lot of direct interaction with the audience. I also like being able to work with different agencies (and to date, I’ve worked with over 50 different government agencies!) since they are all so different.
After working for some large and well-known corporate companies, and then some smaller local companies, I decided to branch off in 2011 to independently contract. Then, last August, I started my own company. Ultimately, I’d love to pull people under me and really expand my business, but right now I just don’t have the time to put into it. My goal is by Christmas to have at least one part-time employee working with me…it will happen.
So if you know of anyone looking to create training for their company…feel free to introduce us 😉 I am always looking for new clients!
Yes, this is a lifestyle and personal style blog, and yes I wear ridiculous outfits for fun all of the time, but when it comes to work I am very conservative. Interviews and kick-off meetings are always the same attire for me – black skirt suit, low non-platform black heels, pantyhose (I know!) and a silk blouse. Minimal make-up and jewelry. I’ve had enough meetings over the years to know what works well for first impressions, and DC is an old and conservative place – I have to prove that I’m the best, and the way I look definitely factors into their opinion of me.
Once I meet my clients and establish a relationship, I can drop into the “business-casual” realm. To me, this is a VERY casual outfit for a meeting with a client whom I know very well, and it is more dressed up than most other contractors and consultants wear for even initial meetings. I am always amazed when peers attend kick-off meetings in “fancy” flip flops, short khaki skirts or long floral maxi skirts – horribly inappropriate.
To me, this is a pretty boring outfit – my inner wannabe-fashionista is in tears. The skirt is too long, there is too much orange, and I’m dying to add a leopard belt or statement jewelry. But since I’d been wanting to mention my job…it seemed an appropriate OOTD to show what I actually do wear during the week!
Dress: Target, on clearance for $13! (similar from 6pm) | Trench coat: DKNY (similar, also DKNY) | Heels: Ivanka Trump (similar from Nine West) (similar from Seychelles) (similar from Lord&Taylor) | Bag: Theit